Bangladesh jails 50 for 2002 assault on PM Sheikh Hasina’s convoy

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Motorcade accompanying Hasina, then Awami League opposition chief, was attacked with rocks, batons and machetes, prosecutors mentioned.

A Bangladesh court docket has jailed 50 opposition activists for as much as 10 years for an assault on the present prime minister’s motorcade nearly 20 years in the past, a prosecutor mentioned.

Among the defendants was a former member of Parliament for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which was in energy on the time of the assault.

In 2002, a motorcade accompanying Sheikh Hasina, who was then the opposition chief for Awami League, was attacked with rocks, batons and machetes, prosecutors mentioned.

“Three men, including the ex-MP, were given 10 years in jail and the rest got various jail terms from four and a half years,” prosecutor Shaheen Mirdha instructed the AFP information company on Thursday, after the sentences had been delivered by a district court docket within the southern metropolis of Satkhira.

Twelve of the convicts are presently on the run.

000 APH2002083104617This video seize reveals plainclothed safety personnel, proper, and a policeman, left on the automobile, together with his weapon securing the automobile carrying Hasina after her convoy was attacked [AFP]

The prosecutor mentioned the assault was one among many assassination makes an attempt on Hasina, who was unharmed.

Several of her Awami League followers and journalists had been injured.

The opposition BNP made no fast remark.

The BNP chief, Hasina’s archrival Khaleda Zia, is serving a 17-year jail time period for corruption imposed in 2018. Zia was prime minister on the time of the 2002 assault.

The BNP has accused the federal government of detaining tens of 1000’s of its activists utilizing trumped-up costs within the 12 years that Hasina has been in energy.

Tarique Rahman, Zia’s son who lives in London, was sentenced in 2018 to life imprisonment for his function in a grenade assault on a Hasina rally in 2004.

Nineteen individuals had been sentenced to loss of life within the case.

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